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Tuscaloosa Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
Draft public involvement Plan (PIP)

The Tuscaloosa Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a public meeting and review for the draft 2018 Public Involvement Plan (PIP).  The PIP includes a Title VI Program and a Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan.  The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 10:00 a.m. at the Tuscaloosa Intermodal Center, 601 23rd Avenue, Tuscaloosa.  The public meeting will include a formal review of the plan by the MPO staff and a question and answer session.  Meeting attendees will also be given an opportunity to complete comment forms or provide tape-recorded suggestions. 

The public review is scheduled from June 25, 2018 through August 17, 2018 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The review will be held at the West Alabama Regional Commission (WARC) located at 4200 Highway 69 North, Northport, Alabama and the Tuscaloosa Intermodal Center.  The public review allows anyone to inspect the plan during regular business hours.  Comment forms and a tape recorder will be available for anyone who would like to suggest changes to the plan.

Anyone requiring special assistance for the meeting or review should contact the WARC at least 48 hours prior to the day of the event.  For special assistance call the WARC at 333-2990, extension 213.  Por idioma asistencia email david.norris@westal.org, línea de asunto: "Interpreter".

Copies of the draft plan are available at the WARC, the Tuscaloosa Intermodal Center, and on the internet at https://www.warc.info/mpo-documents/.  The MPO will accept comments on the plan until August 17, 2018.  All comments should be sent to: 2018 PIP, West Alabama Regional Commission, P.O. Box 509, Northport, AL 35476 or e-mailed to: david.norris@westal.org. 

The MPO Policy Committee is scheduled to adopt the plan at their August 27, 2018 meeting.  Prior to adoption the Committee will consider all comments from the public and make changes to the plan, if warranted.  If major revisions are required, the public will be given another opportunity to inspect the plan. 

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West Alabama rural Planning Organization
July and August Committee meetings

The West Alabama Rural Planning Organization (RPO) will hold the following meetings:

1.  Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC)

A.  Bibb County - July 23, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - Brent City Hall, 22 1st Street, Brent, AL
B.  Fayette County - July 24, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - Fayette County Commission Chamber, 103 1st Avenue NW, Fayette, AL
C.  Greene County - July 26, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - James C. Poole Library, 219 Prairie Avenue, Eutaw, AL
D.  Hale County - July 17, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - Moundville Library, 279 Market Street, Moundville, AL
E.  Lamar County - July 19, 2018 6:00 p.m. - Lamar County Commission Chamber, 44690 Highway 17, Vernon, AL
F.  Pickens County - July 26, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - Pickens County Commission, 20 Phoenix Ave, Carrollton, AL 

2.  Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC), Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.

3.  RPO Policy Committee, Friday, August 10, 2018 - 10:30 a.m.

The Technical Coordinating Committee and Policy Committee meetings will be held at the West Alabama Regional Commission located at 4200 Highway 69 North, Northport, Alabama. 

The committees will discuss the update of GIS map files and the Fiscal Year 2019 RPO Work program at the meetings.  The draft Work Program is posted on the WARC website (https://www.warc.info/rpo-documents/).  In addition, a representative from the Alabama Department of Transportation Local Transportation Bureau will make a presentation on the High Risk Rural Road Program at the Policy Committee meeting. 

The RPO serves as a transportation planning process for the rural areas of west Alabama and provides a formal link between the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and the local governments.  The counties served by the RPO include Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, and Pickens.  The RPO provides government officials and citizens in these counties an opportunity to advise the ALDOT on road, bridge, and transit projects. 

All of the meetings are open to the public.  Anyone requiring special assistance should contact the WARC at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.  For special assistance call the WARC at (205) 333-2990. 

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Tuscaloosa Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
August Committee Meetings

The Tuscaloosa Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold the following meetings: 

  1.   Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee (BPC), Monday, August 20, 2018, 10:00 a.m.
  2.   Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC), Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
  3.   Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC), Thursday, August 23, 2018, 10:00 a.m.
  4.   Metropolitan Planning Organization (Policy Committee), Monday, August 27, 2018, 2:00 p.m.

The meetings will be held at the West Alabama Regional Commission (WARC), 4200 Highway 69 North, Suite 1, Northport.  The public is encouraged to attend and participate.  Anyone requiring special assistance should contact the WARC at least 48 hours prior to the meeting (205-333-2990 or david.norris@westal.org).

Items that will be discussed at the meetings include: (1) the draft 2018 Public Involvement Plan (PIP); (2) targets for the federally-required performance measures; (3) proposed amendments for the 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP); (4) proposed amendments for the Fiscal Years 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP); and (5) the initial project list for the 2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan.  The draft PIP and 2045 LRTP project list are available at https://www.warc.info/mpo-documents/. 

Proposed LRTP Amendments

  1.   (Project Addition) (100068754, 100068755, 100068756, 100068757) US-11 (SR-7) from Daimler Benz Boulevard (Tuscaloosa County) to SR-5 (Bibb County) - Add lanes; 2018-2020; $57,944,100 (Surface Transportation Any Area 80%; ALDOT 20%)
  2.   (Project Addition) (100068588, 100068733, 100068734, 100068735) McFarland Boulevard (US-82, SR-6) at SR-69 - Intersection improvements; 2018-2020; $32,028,125 (National Highway System 80%; ALDOT 20%)

Proposed TIP Amendments

  1.   (Date Change - Out of TIP) 100053859 Various eligible streets in the City of Tuscaloosa - Resurface (FY2010); CN; $307,306.13; Old date: 11/2/2018; New date: 11/2/2019
  2.   (Addition) 100068694 US-11 (SR-7) from Milepost 90 to Milepost 100 approximately 10 areas - Repair thermal expansion of asphalt and underlying concrete pavement shoving; CN; 7/15/18; $100,000
  3.   (Addition) 100068695 I-20/59 at Milepost 60.5 - Repair front slope failure; CN 7/15/18; $60,000
  4.   (Addition) 100068754 US-11 (SR-7) from Daimler Benz Boulevard (Tuscaloosa County) to SR-5 (Bibb County) - Add lanes; PE; 8/1/18; $4,000,000
  5.   (Addition) 100068755 US-11 (SR-7) from Daimler Benz Boulevard (Tuscaloosa County) to SR-5 (Bibb County) - Add lanes; RW; 5/1/19; $6,060,000
  6.   (Addition) 100068756 US-11 (SR-7) from Daimler Benz Boulevard (Tuscaloosa County) to SR-5 (Bibb County) - Add lanes; UT; 9/1/19; $6,060,000
  7.   (Addition) 100068588 McFarland Boulevard (US-82, SR-6) at SR-69 - Intersection improvements; PE; 8/1/18; $150,000
  8.   (Addition) 100068781 Cypress Creek Avenue from south of Running Brook Apartments to Skyland Boulevard East (Phase III, Section D) - Build sidewalks; RW; 8/1/2018; $125,675
  9.   (Addition) 100068372 Cypress Creek Avenue from south of Running Brook Apartments to Skyland Boulevard East (Phase III, Section D) - Build sidewalks; CN; 12/15/2018; $242,420
  10.   (Addition) 100068078 US-11 (SR-7) at I-20/59 On and Off Ramps (Exit 79) - Roundabouts, signing, and striping; PE; 8/1/18; $250,000
  11.   (Addition) 100068090 US-11 (SR-7) at I-20/59 On and Off Ramps (Exit 79) - Roundabouts, signing, and striping; RW; 1/1/19; $101,000
  12.   (Addition) 100068091 US-11 (SR-7) at I-20/59 On and Off Ramps (Exit 79) - Roundabouts, signing, and striping; UT; 5/1/19; $101,000
  13.   (Addition) 100068092 US-11 (SR-7) at I-20/59 On and Off Ramps (Exit 79) - Roundabouts, signing, and striping; CN; 9/27/19; $1,599,840

 The public can comment on the proposed LRTP and TIP amendments at any of the MPO committee meetings, by mail (at the address in the header), e-mail (david.norris@westal.org), telephone (205-333-2990, x 213), or fax (205-333-2713). Public comments regarding the proposed amendments will be accepted until August 17, 2018, unless submitted at one of the August MPO committee meetings. 

 The MPO Policy Committee plans how federal highway and transit funds are spent in Tuscaloosa County.  The MPO Policy Committee is served by three advisory committees: the BPC, CTAC, and the TCC.  The BPC was formed to assist the MPO with bicycle and pedestrian issues.  The CTAC provides active and on-going public participation.  The TCC, composed of engineers and planners, provides technical guidance to the Policy Committee.